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Technical Director Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Coordinates and manages all technical elements of stage production which may include lighting, sound, scenery and equipment requirements. This classification requires a flexible work schedule in order to meet the needs of the department.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of three classifications and is distinguished from the Technical Director in that this level typically supervises the Technical Director and this level typically overseas all aspects of every staging and the coordination of production requirements.

Examples of Duties:

  • Supervises the activities of subordinates.
  • Plans, selects and creates work methods, work procedures, work flow and standards for quantity and quality of work.
  • Coordinates the execution or executes the lighting and sound systems; coordinates the design and/or designs stage scenery/props and/or lighting effects.
  • Coordinates with artists or production representatives and reads contracts to ascertain needs for the production; determines feasibility and makes arrangements for special staging, rental equipment, special effects, parking and security.
  • Determines staffing needs and schedules crews for events.
  • Monitors budget for each event advising appropriate party if approaching budgetary limit.
  • Coordinates the stage and equipment set up and the loading and unloading of trucks.
  • Prepares reports such as event evaluations, industrial injury summaries and expenditure summaries for each event.
  • Recommends purchase of new or replacement equipment; orders and obtains materials for production.
  • Performs safety checks on equipment and facilities ensuring safety guidelines are being met.
  • Conducts backstage tours as required.
  • Teaches production classes as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Knowledge of stage management principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of set/prop design techniques.
  • Skill in stage production methods and techniques.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree with a major in Drama or related field AND three years of stage management and theater production experience; OR, Seven years of stage drama experience which includes three years of stage management and theater production experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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